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Edmund L. Drago

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229376

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229376.001.0001

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Boy Soldiers and Their Families

Boy Soldiers and Their Families

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Confederate Phoenix

Edmund L. Drago

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the Boy Soldiers and their families during the Civil War. “Boy soldier” is a generic term applying to youth who entered the army under the age of seventeen. The chapter explains that parents chiefly attributed their sons running away to join the army to enticement and peer pressure. It describes how some parents managed to get their underage children returned.

Keywords:   Boy Soldiers, Civil War, army, families of soldiers, youthful patriotism, underage children

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